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Aubrey W. Bostwick
Army
Aubrey
W.
Bostwick
DIVISION: Army,
908 Dep. Avn.
Nov 27, 1920 -
BIRTHPLACE: Hoyt, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Aug 18, 1942 -
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Nov 9, 1945
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HONORED BY: EIsehower Foundation

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I served one year with the 894th Signal Company in England attached to the 8th Air Force and one year with the 908th Signal Company in France attached to the 9th Air Force.

Jess W. Boughton Jr.
Navy
Jess
W.
Boughton
Jr.
DIVISION: Navy,
22nd U.S. Navy construction Battalion
Sep 19, 1918 - Sep 20, 1999
BIRTHPLACE: Salina, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: Mar 9, 1942 -
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HONORED BY: Daughter; Ann Boughton

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Jess W. Boughton, was born September 19, 1918 in Salina, Kansas, where he graduated from Salina High School in 1936. He attended Kansas State College of Agriculture and Applied Science for two years before joining the 22nd U.S. Navy Construction Battalion in March of 1942. As a 'construction man' he helped build bomber runways and other military facilities with the 22nd 'Seabees' on the northern Pacific island of Attu in the Aleutians. He later graduated from Midshipman School at Columbia University and served on Cinc Pac Staff under Admiral Nimitz at Pearl Harbor and Guam. After military service, he returned to Kansas State graduating in 1947 with a degree in civil engineering. His career took him all over the world, including Africa, South America and the Middle East. He was particularly proud of his work on the Arabian Gulf and Alaskan Pipelines. He was an Episcopalian, a 32nd Degree Mason and a Shriner. He loved to fish and read, keeping a life-long journal of every book he read. His family especially misses his sense of humor and his enjoyment of humor in others. His wife of 57 years, Fae Lorene McGlaughlin followed him in death in 2002. His family includes three daughters, Ann Boughton; Cris Boughton; Jane Mason; one son, Joseph Alan Boughton; five grandchildren, Geneva McKelvie, Deedy Grant, Joshua Boughton, Sean Babjak, Elijah Mason; and two great-grandchildren Grace Grant and Connor Babjak.

Kenneth D. Bourbina
Army
Kenneth
D.
Bourbina
DIVISION: Army
Aug 12, 1922 -
BIRTHPLACE: Abilene, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Aug 2, 1944 -
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Jul 2, 1946
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HONORED BY: Eisenhower Foundation

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Ken Bourbina entered the Army at Ft. Leavenworth, KS on August 2, 1944. He worked there briefly in the testing room of the Induction Center. Following that, he was sent to Camp Joseph T. Robinson, AR where he attended Basic Infantry Training, 'boot camp', for 16 weeks. He was then transferred to Ft. Meade, MD where he spent 4 days before boarding a troop ship on January 3, 1945 for Le Harve, France. There, he joined his unit and spent 1 night in Burglinster, Luxemburg. They fought several 'skirmishes' en-route for the river crossing of the Prum River, Germany. He was wounded in the left calf by shrapnel from a tree burst of an artillery shell on February 17. Ken tells that another soldier was hit in the foot, just a few inches from his head as they lay in a trench during the artillery bombardment. He was taken to a temporary hospital and then shipped by train to a permanent hospital in Paris. He was then sent to Glasgow, Scotland for a week and then to Litchfield, England to guard German prisoners until the war ended. He returned to Ft. Campbell, KY for several surgeries on his leg after which he went to FT. Knox, KY for evaluation. He returned briefly to FT. Campbell and then was advised he was eligible for discharge and was sent back to Ft. Leavenworth. Ken's duty specialty was Rifleman 745. He received several Awards and Citations including: Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge, Victory Ribbon, American Theater Ribbon, EAMET Ribbon, and Good Conduct Medal. After discharge, Ken returned to Abilene, where he farmed for a while. He was also a Rural Mail Carrier and retired from the Postal Service with 25 years of service. He frequently drove veterans to the VA hospitals in Wichita and Topeka. Ken was married to Bonnie Lou Mock from Abilene on October 9, 1946. They had two children: Kenneth D. Bourbina, Jr. and Valerie Kay (Sare).

Raymond A. Bourne
Army
Raymond
A.
Bourne
DIVISION: Army,
553rd AAA Auto - Weapons Bn (Mobile)
May 1, 1918 - Sep 8, 1968
BIRTHPLACE: Montgomery County, OH
HIGHEST RANK: Private
THEATER OF OPERATION: American
SERVED: Jun 19, 1943 -
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HONORED BY: Harry L Bourne

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Raymond A Bourne
United States World War II Army Enlistment Records
Name: Raymond A Bourne
Name (Original): BOURNE RAYMOND A
Event Type: Military Service
Event Date: 19 Jun 1943
Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
Event Place: Columbus, Ohio, United States
Race: White
Citizenship Status: citizen
Birth Year: 1918
Birthplace: OHIO
Education Level: Grammar school
Civilian Occupation: Semiskilled chauffeurs and drivers, bus, taxi, truck, and tractor
Marital Status: Separated, with dependents
Military Rank: Private
Army Branch: No branch assignment
Army Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men)
Source Reference: Civil Life
Serial Number: 35222638
Affiliate ARC Identifier: 1263923
Box Film Number: 09093.331
Affiliate Publication Title: Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938-1946

Roger J. Bourne
Army
Roger
J.
Bourne
DIVISION: Army,
Medical
Feb 5, 1917 - Apr 25, 1996
BIRTHPLACE: Osage City, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: Jul 15, 1941 -
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Nov 3, 1945
0
HONORED BY: Sister Carolyn Hensley

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Roger was proud of his flag and it was buried with him. It was an honor for him to serve his country. He was a dedicated and faithful member of the American Legion Post 198 of Osage city, Kansas. He served in New Guinea

Lloyd Boxum
Army
Lloyd
Boxum
DIVISION: Army,
41st Signal Corps
Apr 1, 1920 -
BIRTHPLACE: Downs, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: Mar 13, 1942 -
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May 13, 1945
0
HONORED BY: His Children

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Lloyd Boxum entered the U.S. Army in March, 1942. After basic training at Camp Crowder, MO, he was assigned to the 41st Division, 41st Signal Corp. He shipped out for the Pacific in July 1942, leaving San Francisco for Australia, From Australia, Lloyd went to New Guinea and participated in numerous campaigns including 13 beach landings. Extremely difficult jungle conditions, equatorial heat and humidity, daily rain, mud, and mosquito infested swamps made New Guinea some of the most difficult fighting of the entire Pacific Theatre. One of the most difficult encounters with the Japanese for the 41st Division was the island of Biak, which became known to the troops as 'Bloody Biak.' Along with many of his army buddies, Lloyd suffered from malaria several times during this period. From New Guinea he continued with the 41st Division, the 'Jungleers,' as part of MacArthur's Army and the liberation of the Philippine Islands. He returned to the states in May of 1945. He received an Honorable Discharge and numerous medals. Married to June Cary on June 17, 1945, together they raised a family of four. Both members in good standing of the 'Greatest Generation.' Respected and loved by all. Dad and Mom, we love ya.

Cecil R. Boyd
Army
Cecil
R.
Boyd
DIVISION: Army,
Company G, 276th Infantry (70th Div)
Oct 12, 1916 - Oct 13, 2008
BIRTHPLACE: Chapman, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Jul 24, 1943 -
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Jan 26, 1946
0
HONORED BY: Eisenhower Foundation

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Cecil Boyd was a Combat Infantryman during WWII. He entered the Army at Fort Leavenworth, KS where he was assigned to the 70th Infantry, nicknamed the 'Trailblazer Division.' He was then sent to Camp Adair in Oregon for basic training. From there he went to Fort Leonard Wood, MO for further training in forest conditions where most of the action was in Europe. Following his training, Cecil was sent by ship to Marseille, France, where he then traveled by train to the front lines. He took part in the combat drive that carried our armies to the Rhine River. This was overlooking the famous 'German Corner.' It was termed 'the most German' spot in the Reich and where some of the fiercest battles were conducted, including the battle of Coblenz. During his time in the Army, Sergeant Boyd was awarded the: World War II Victory Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Ribbon, RAME Theater Ribbon and two Bronze Stars. After he was discharged, Cecil returned to the Abilene area and worked in Heavy Equipment for about 11 years. He then went into business for himself. That business, as 'Boyd Excavating' and 'Boyd Underground,' are still in operation in Abilene by his family.

Kenneth E. Boyer
Navy
Kenneth
E.
Boyer
DIVISION: Navy
Feb 16, 1927 -
BIRTHPLACE: Whiting, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: Feb 2, 1945 -
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Jul 26, 1946
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HONORED BY: Wife Wanda Boyer & Children
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